Relatives of the victims react after an explosion in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan. Picture: Edward Lau
Relatives of the victims react after an explosion in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan. Picture: Edward Lau
Several roads were damaged in the explosion in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan. Picture: Toby Chang
Several roads were damaged in the explosion in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan. Picture: Toby Chang
Wreckage of a car is pictured after an explosion in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan.
Wreckage of a car is pictured after an explosion in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan.
A crushed vehicle is seen on a destroyed street after multiple explosions from an underground gas leak in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
A crushed vehicle is seen on a destroyed street after multiple explosions from an underground gas leak in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Vehicles are left lying on a destroyed street after multiple explosions from an underground gas leak in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Vehicles are left lying on a destroyed street after multiple explosions from an underground gas leak in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Rescue personnel survey the wreckage after an explosion in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan. Picture: Toby Chang
Rescue personnel survey the wreckage after an explosion in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan. Picture: Toby Chang

An explosion caused by a gas leak killed 24 people and injured 271 in Taiwan's second city on Friday, sending flames shooting into the air and reducing small shops to rubble.

The Central Disaster Emergency Operation Centre said police and soldiers had been drafted in to help firefighters after the midnight explosion and blaze gutted a district in the port city of Kaohsiung. - Reuters